Case studies

This paper examines the incursion of military and political actors into the humanitarian realm in Mali, a context shaped by the rationales of “integration”, “stabilisation” and “counter-terrorism”, and argues that it is jeopardising humanitarian action in the country.

This case study of the ‘humanitarian system’s’ response to a conflict driven displacement crisis in the Diffa region of Niger explores if there is an ‘Emergency Gap’. This report concludes that there has been a gap in what could reasonably be expected in terms of effective humanitarian response, and that the reasons for this gap are found in an analysis of the internal dynamics of the system as much as in any external constraints.

Dilemmas and adaptations under the threat of attack

The frail situation in Syria as a result of the war including attacks and the ever-present threat of attacks not only deny the population access to medical facilities but also affect the scope and effectiveness of the medical care that still can be provided.

The humanitarian community has failed to adequately respond to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. This report examines how humanitarian organisations responded to the crisis in 2015 and analyses the obstacles and enablers to aid delivery. Four themes have been explored in detail: humanitarian leadership; political issues and negotiated access; security management; and resources.

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On 10 January 2016, the Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) supported Shiara hospital in Northern Yemen was hit by a projectile, causing the death of six people and resulting in another injured, all of them civilians. The MSF internal investigation into the attack was finalised on 15 March 2016, and revealed that there was no justifiable or legitimate reason behind the attack.

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This report constitutes the findings of an internal MSF review into the eruption of violence among internally displaced persons (IDPs) of different ethnic groups in a Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Malakal, South Sudan on 17 February 2016 that left many dead (including 2 MSF staff), 108 injured and over 29,000 IDPs displaced once again.